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Trace donates ambulance, equipment for Ukrainian relief efforts | Entertainment

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Correspondent Jeff Volva Times

When Trace Ambulance Inc., based in Tinley Park, donated an ambulance to Ukraine on June 22, it was a very acclaimed gesture.

In a presentation at Tinley Park, Ukrainian Consul General Selhi Koredov of Chicago said, “Ambulances from American friends are very important to our medical care. Thank you for this.” rice field. “It’s just the beginning of our fruitful cooperation.”

Ambulances and supplies in 2014 were about $ 45,000 and were expected to arrive in Ukraine by ship by mid-July.

But this isn’t the first time Trace has helped someone else need a vacation. Goodwill can be traced back to the days long before the ambulance appeared.

The Wandenberg family is a long-standing group of entrepreneurs who run a variety of businesses, including funeral halls. In the 1950s, the family used a hearse to help bring the injured to the hospital.

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“If you had a car accident, there was no ambulance,” said Tracer President Christopher Vandenberg. “You had a funeral hall operator who had a car in which you could lie down, so they went into a car accident, put you behind it, and they took you to the hospital. I drove like hell to go. It was really the Archetypal Old West. “

Now that many ambulances are equipped with the latest medical equipment and monitors, the game has changed considerably. But it is not a desire to help the Wandenberg family.

“Twenty years ago, we sent an ambulance to Iraq to help them rebuild,” Vandenberg said. “In 2005, my father and I, and many paramedics and paramedics, took a handful of ambulances to assist (Hurricane) Katrina’s response, even before a formal response took place. I got off at.

“Today we are helping the Ukrainian people in the face of these catastrophic humanitarian crises. This is the best way we can help here.”

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, the country has needed supplies, food and clothing.

A wide selection of ambulance gifts is important as hospitals and ambulances are being bombed.

Christopher Manson, Vice President of Government Affairs at OSF HealthCare, oversees the transportation of numerous ambulances to Ukraine. He said this was a great donation.

“These are what we take for granted in the modern healthcare system,” he said. “Unfortunately Ukraine loses seven ambulances a day due to the war. Several hospitals have been destroyed. They are dealing with displaced people. Maybe they haven’t been attacked. , The population is doubling. Currently, those hospitals are trying to deal with it.

“The material inside this ambulance is used by injured and sick people, so what’s inside is just as important as the ambulance. It’s a great donation.”

According to Vandenberg, the vehicle has achieved many results in its many years of service.

“It helped a lot of people,” he said. “Sometimes I put an ambulance as an ambulance as an ambulance on an ambulance as an ambulance. It took care of the most sick of the sick.”

This ambulance can have many effects for a very long time while in use in Ukraine.

It may be blown up soon after arrival.

It’s a chance Manson will be happy to take. So far, he has sent seven ambulances from the United States. The Trace ambulance, the only ambulance donated by someone in the Chicago metropolitan area, is one of five arriving in mid-July.

“If this went on and lasted for a week or two, providing life-saving care, and it was wasted in combat, it would still have fulfilled its mission,” Manson said.